Personally I think of this church, together with the Tower of the Clerics as one of the monuments that best represents the city of Oporto, along with the Luis I Bridge. Both are some of the most emblematic places in the city. This is definitely a place that belongs to the Baroque and Rococo style, being built in the eighteenth century by the order of the Clerics, made from stone, with a tower that tops the building as the ex libris of the city. This church is located in the highest part of the Portuguese city of Oporto, so you can see it from everywhere. The ticket to climb to the top of the tower costs 1.00 € and it's closed on Sundays and holidays, however the church itself is only closed on Wednesdays. The buses that come to this part of Oporto are: 3, 6, 20, 52, 78.
What can I say about this magnificent sanctuary other than it is a must-see although you should go with time because it takes a long time to visit. Above there is a perfect bar to have a drink (and more if you go by foot) and to enjoy the views. Don´t forget to take a walk in its surroundings.
The Chapel of Souls in Santa Caterina is a cavalcade of the most beautiful chapels decorated with typical Oporto flair, with blue Portugese tiles. The corner of this street is the most famous of all Oporto as it is full of shops.
Pópulo´s Church is in Plaza Conde de Agrolongo. It was started to built in 1562 by the order of archbishop Frei de Jesús, and which construction was paid by Carlos Amarante. The architect respected the Mannerist inside structure and Baroque of the facade, especially in the domes of the towers, but began to enter the neoclassical style. The interior impresses a lot, especially for being your walls completely covered in tiles.
The Basilica of St. Lucia is the most significant monument in northern Portugal, it's quite like the Sacre Coeur in Paris, but the views from Mount Santa Lucia are more beautiful, if that's possible, than the hill of Montmartre. You can go up the hill, on foot, by funicular or by car, we decided on the latter and drove up the winding mountain road that reminded us of Sintra or Buçaco, with endless curves to the top, once we got there we parked in front of the monument, which in theory is free, but there are always "gorillas" (unlike in Spain), they don't ask for money but want to sell a keyring with a rag doll. The view is exceptional, the panorama says it all: The river estuary, fishing port, Eiffel bridge, immense sandy beaches and ice water, haha., Green hills populated with white villages, the old town, the new town (if you are lucky to have a clear day). Next to the basilica is the photographer, with cardboard horse, who insists again and again to take a picture, the poor man must have realized that the digital era has arrived, and as you refuse he remains undaunted and it's annoying as the best view of the basilica can only be taken from the strategic point where he has set up his stall. The most striking aspect of the facade are the huge rosettes but the interior is quite disappointing. At the back there's a picnic area where you can eat watching the views.
This church is on one side of the central Praça da Batalha, in the highest part of the city. It's visible from several points in the lower area and is on a raised platform accessed by a staircase. Outside the highlights are the 2 towers that flank the main facade and decor made with blue mosaic tiles depicting scenes from the life of San Ildefonso and allegories of the Eucharist (created by Jorge Colaco in 1932). Inside there are several paintings, altarpieces and the walls and ceilings are painted with stucco. Save the relics of San Ildefonso.
This monastery is the symbol of the city of Vila Nova de Gaia , and although I had the opportunity to visit inside, it does not go unnoticed because it is on top of a hill and is visible from any point, especially since the Muelle de la Ribera Port is just opposite. The entire area of the bank of the Douro is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was founded in the 16th century by the Augustinians. What is surprising is the church with a circular dome, a replica of the Church of Santa Maria Round of Rome.It was a defensive fortress-like monastery, and in fact was used as such in the year 1832. Now it is property of the Army Artillery Regiment Portuguese.
One of the most important and significant churches of the religious architecture of Porto is the Iglesia del Carmen. It is located directly opposite the Tower of Clerics and Garden Cordonería. It belongs to the Third Order of Our Lady of the Carmen and is attached to the Convent and Hospital of the Carmelites. Is the Rococo and was built in granite mid-eighteenth century as José Figueiredo Seixas project. The church has two facades:-The main three-storey with a great decoration, both plant elements such as windows and niches (in which the images of St. Elias and St. Eliseu are) is surmounted by a cross and the statues of the Evangelists. -The front side is all covered with bluish tiles representing the imposition of the scapular on Mount Carmel. The church has a single nave. Inside there are several rococo gilt carved altarpieces, made by Francisco Pereira Campanhã in the eighteenth century.
Penha Sanctuary is situated on the top of a mountain and can be accessed by the back of the church of San Gualter where you can take a cable car and enjoy great views of city Guimaraes, which is of medieval origin and considered the birthplace of Portugal. Not everything looks so old, Guimaraes also has Sanctuary Penha that gives the visitor a wide range of services, and offers a vast array of infrastructure highlighting a mountain campsite, a mini golf course, an equestrian center, restaurants and cafes to name some. To climb the mountain of Penha there is A cable car whose route has a height of 400 m. The ride is about 10 minutes long but it is unforgettable, and goes between the mountain and the city. Also you can go up by car, but the experience of the cable car is unique.
The Sé or Cathedral of Viana de Castelo is also popularly known as the Iglesia Matriz - it dates from the fifteenth century. It is in the historical center and very close to Plaza de la Republica - the heart of the city. It consists of two large towers topped with battlements, highlights are: its pointed arched door, a few small sculptures of the apostles and a large rose window. Its facade has Romanesque Gothic influences as does the gate. The Sé or Iglesia Matriz is rated as a Property of Public Interest - the photo was taken last year at the Medieval Festival. I have to recognize that the Cathedral did not catch my attention because I have seen the most interesting cathedrals elsewhere, including the Basilica of Santa Luzia which I found much more beautiful and interesting.
One of the most impressive churches in the city for its enormous proportions as it's integrated into a hospital of the Holy Order of Terceira Trindade (1755). It occupies an entire city block, was designed by the military engineer Carlos Amarante in the early nineteenth century, but wasn't completed until the twentieth. It's neoclassical with baroque influences and is just in front of the rear facade of the City Hall. The roof is preceded by a portico with 3 arches, on which stands the tower, bells and clock. Inside there are several gold carved baroque altarpieces, a highlight is the Mayor, a work by the architect José Marques da Silva that depicts Christ's baptism.
The Our Lady of Remedies sanctuary stands on Mount San Esteban offers excellent panoramic views from Lamego. It's amazing. By 1391 there was already a chapel in the original place that was dedicated to this saint, which became a pilgrimage center to the Virgin. In 1761 the current building was constructed. More than the interior of the church, what stands out is the outside and the 686 steps leading to it, with landings in which we find beautiful tiles. Every year a pilgrimage takes place on September 8.
This chapel is on a hill in the medieval part of the city, opposite the main entrance to the Forte São Francisco. It's a small Baroque chapel with a single nave and a rectangular plan, commissioned in the eighteenth century by an abbot, whose coat appears on the main entrance. The facade is white with granite details, since its appearance is the result of renovation in 1987. Inside there's a white and gold neoclassical altarpiece.
One of the churches that most struck me on my trip to the Portuguese town of Guimaraes, was the church of San Gualter. It is situated outside the old town, but at the same time very close, in a large square, with beautiful gardens opposite. The church of San Gaulter which is, as I say, a protected green area, is characterized by the Neo-Baroque style from the XVIII-XIX centuries and you can admire a somewhat curved facade, made entirely of stone and plaster. The long gardens located at the front part of the church are full of statues that allow you to contemplate from a distance. Do not miss the Castle of Guimaraes in the high part of the city, San Francisco church, the church of Our Lady of the Olive Tree, and the ascent of Mount Penha that you can either reach by car or by the more novel mode of cable car.
This church is located opposite the station of San Bento. It was built in 1694 on the ruins of an earlier chapel, according to Father da Rocha Magalhães Pantalião project, being opened in 1703. The cover is surmounted by a pediment crowned with a shield with the monogram of the Virgin. The facade is capped by the image of San Antonio. Also highlight the decoration of tiles and huge windows that give light to the interior. The church consists of a chancel, nave and a small transept and choir loft with a beautiful body. What is most striking is a sort of staircase that is in the High Altar, on which is located the tabernacle. There is also an altar with the image of the Assumption of Our Lady, performed by João Baptista Ribeiro in the nineteenth century.
The San Marcos Hospital Church was built in the 18th century. The wings were designed by José Graça Fernandes and the stone work and sculpture were made by Carlos Amarante. Free from Rococo influence, has baroque features are visible in the projection of the central body of the facade, where there is a statue of St. Mark, patron of the church. There are also classical motifs that stand on the facade. The relics of the Apostle of St. Mark's body can also be found in the Church. The facade is impressive. Inside we took a quick look but we couldn´t see it too well because there was a mass.
The old church of Santo Domingo is now the Se Cathedral in the Portuguese town of Vila Real. It's located in the city centre in the Avenue Carvalho Araujo gardens, right next to the Conservatory of Music, a building that caught more of my attention than the Cathedral. The Sé Cathedral was built in the XV century by the religious Order of St. Dominic de Guimaraes. It has two distinct architectural influences, Romanesque and Gothic. In front you can see the images of St. Dominic and St. Francis of Assisi. Outside there is a tall stone cross. In 1837 there was a major fire that decimated much of the interior and the stained glass windows were redone during renovations in 2001-2005. The Sé Cathedral is a National Monument and can be visited any day by the public.